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Coronavirus app

A guide to Europe’s coronavirus contact tracing apps

More than 20 countries across Europe have launched or plan to launch apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a ...

Grab

Grab expands finance business with consumer loans services and wealth management

Asian ride-hailing business Grab has deepened its financial services push by announcing that it will offer consumer loans services in Singapore and roll-out wealth management produ...

ByteDance CEO

ByteDance founder defends TikTok’s US strategy

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming has told employees that there were misunderstandings on Chinese social websites concerning TikTok’s situation in the US and that the business c...

Microsoft

Microsoft’s attempt to acquire TikTok endears old company to new generation

Microsoft has emerged as a saviour to young users of TikTok, who praised the technology sector giant for attempting to buy parts of social networking company’s operations, in...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Google says 20 US states ‘exploring’ contact tracing

Google has said that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 percent of the nation’s inhabitants, are”exploring” contact tracing programs for its nove...

Google

Google advertising rebound offsets Alphabet’s first-ever sales drop

Google’s advertising sales have recovered since they plummeted back in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parent Alphabet Inc said on Thursday, easing worries about its ...

US China relations

International prospects dim for China’s tech businesses

Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei’s global ambitions are marked in mortar and bricks in a business campus in China, where the buildings are replicas from European town...

Amazon Warehouse

Expansion: Amazon to open ten new warehouses in India

Amazon’s Indian business has announced that it will open 10 new warehouses in the country. Additionally, the company will begin offering auto insurance, in two moves that wil...

Siemens

Siemens to launch flexible working app for 100,000 staff

German tech giant Siemens is rolling out its Comfy mobile phone app to hundreds of its offices around the world to help staff safely return to the office after the coronavirus shut...

Slack

Microsoft may face EU antitrust probe after Slack complaint

Microsoft may find itself in European Union regulators’ cross-hairs after US workspace messaging app Slack complained about Microsoft embedding its workplace chat and video a...

TikTok

TikTok owner ByteDance to invest in EduTech business

An executive at ByteDance has said the company plans to invest “a huge amount” into its newly-established education technology business but warned that the unit will be...

Microsoft

Microsoft trims jobs as it enters new fiscal year

Microsoft Corp has said it had trimmed its workforce across geographies and teams as it entered a new fiscal year from the 1st of July.

Google

Google starting to take on Microsoft with corporate Gmail tools

Google has announced that its corporate Gmail customers would now be able to edit documents and other files without leaving the email service, as it aims to lure clients from rival...

Apple

Apple expands news offerings with audio, local newspaper stories

Apple has expanded its news offerings with audio versions of stories narrated by voice actors for subscribers, a morning newscast hosted by two journalists and more access to local...